As I type this, I am preparing for our fifth high school gradua- tion and looking forward to the celebration of this milestone in
our son’s life. At the same time, I am having
an emotional crisis. No matter how many
times we go through this, it just seems surreal as each child’s life passes so quickly in
front of my mind’s eye. I can see back to his
dimply cute baby face, then to his broad
smile as he played outside with siblings, to
his quiet faithfulness as he worked with his
dad on manly projects. My head is spinning
with the memories. I’d like to only remember the good times, but has it all been good?
Honestly, there were many days of struggles, too. But I have learned to number the
days and pray for a heart of wisdom.
So teach us to number our days, that
we may apply our hearts unto wisdom
(Psalm 90: 12).
This reminded me of a graduation speech
I was asked to give to a homeschool group
that had a celebration for their eighth graders graduating into high school. This was
a year after my own first homeschool high
school graduate. I think it is still relevant
today. Let’s listen in.
Greetings parents and graduates! This
graduation ceremony is a milestone for the
young men and women gathered here today,
but also a milestone in the life of the parents
of these graduates . I am sure you all are very
proud of these young people and very thank-
ful for how far you have all come . Last year,
I graduated my first son from our high school
and it was a very emotional time for me . I,
who never lack for words, stood before my
son and couldn’t say even one word because
of all the emotions and memories that were
flooding through me in that moment. I am
feeling it again with you today. You are so
blessed to have such a wonderful support
group for home educators in your area that
would provide this beautiful celebration .
I’d like to start by addressing the graduates and then I will address the parents and
all who have come to support and celebrate
these young people .
To the Graduates
Grads, I want you to listen carefully as I read
this theme verse. There will be no quiz at the
This is a time to begin to accept responsibility for learning
independently, to serve the Lord with the gifts He’s given you, and
acknowledge God as your life planner.
A Graduation Speech